PM Review debuts with call on Ghana Government to enshrine best practices in budget execution


5 February 2013 – Accra, Ghana – The Direct Leadership institute Ghana (DLI) in collaboration with the African Project and Program Management Association (APPMA) has launched a novel survey/poll, Project Management Review (PM Review). The announcement was made on 25 January in Accra.

140205-pmwj20-PM-Review-IMAGEThe PM Review is a quarterly survey structured to benchmark Project management in different African countries against global best practices. PM Review is intended to be a strategic project management industry report, an insightful and a telescopic view of specific and gross projects, programs and portfolios.  It will focus mainly on project execution mainly in the public sector, with emphasis on specific industries within the global framework and the body of knowledge of the practice.

The initiative was launched formally in Accra, the Ghana capital last week. The launch edition focused on Ghana under the title: PROJECT MANAGEMENT REVIEW -GHANA IN PERSPECTIVE (1).

President of the Direct Leadership Institute and Executive Director of the African Project and Program Management Association ( APPMA), Dr. Donald Agumenu, who spoke at the launch ceremony in Ghana on January 25, 2014, stressed that African countries need to embrace the best practices of project management if the continent is to join the league of developed nations.

Speaking specifically on the first edition which focused on Ghana, he stressed that until certified project managers manage government’s projects, the failure rate would continue. He stressed that such gaps would give room for waste of resources and the corruption wells of the nation would continue to depend.

“Ghana cannot succeed as a country and even fulfill all the MDGs and Agenda 2015 if the nation’s leaders fail to follow and adhere to best practices in the industry,” he said.

He stressed: “According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) more specifically, a project is a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. Just like policy statements, budgets, physical projects and other interventions, undertakings and endeavours of the government, nation and the president(s). This could be seen right from the national level to local governance. Even our daily lives are projects. And all these are unique.”

“A project is unique in that, it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies or locations.

“It is undisputable that, the government machinery, policy framework, administration, leadership and governance are nothing but pure projects that must be technically managed to achieve desired results within a speculated time by the use of both capital and human resources, interwoven with the vital wizardry in achieving efficiency and effectiveness across all sectors of the economy. If so, then what makes a project fail or succeed?”

He cited a number of projects intuited by the Ghana government, stressing that: “The SADA, 100 SHS, E-Governance, Election Petition, Youth Employment Policy, AOS Project, ICT, Railways, Affordable, GcNET, Energy Management, E-platform for ministry and other Utility and Services  providers, Affordable Homes, Airport Development, Fighting Corruption,  Ministerial Performance Assessment and Appraisal, Equipping our Security  fraternity with the vital Skills and Equipment, and many more — all are projects that are very visible both completed and in execution stages. Some may still fail not because the project sponsor wants it so but the dynamics, applications and other socio-cultural and political events could jeopardize the continuity and success of the project.

“For instance, the success of National Health Insurance Authority (Policy) is a pure example of actual deployment of skills, applications, resources, and tried and tested framework for successful project delivery.”

According to Dr Agumenu, “Ghana’s recent budget brings to light a lot of projects and programs that must be attended to with an acute philosophy of successful project execution for the nation to achieve efficiency and effectiveness at the targeted  areas. They are key lessons, clues and strategic components we can take from the 2013 budget for the nation and the end of the one year term in office of His Excellency President, John Mahama.

“It is therefore imperative to draw a fact-sheet of successful projects and failed projects and identify key catalysts to the failure and success of all these. The effective management and missing link between the project life-circle is key subjects of importance we need to address. A project like any other thing could be likened to the human body with many organs and systems. All of these have experts and generalists in managing them.

“Since a malfunction of a single cell can affect your whole life, hence the need for tackling every component of the project as a continuity and sustainable strategy in chartering the project successfully. And all must be expertly managed to deliver the on-time and on-budget results.  Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently.”

He went further, stressing that a project is a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, performing competitively and bettering the lives of the citizenry and other publics within Ghana and the whole of Africa, even the world.

“A failed project in one sector has significant effect on the other sectors and on even the external stakeholders,” he quoted.

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